The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration assigns points to the driver’s license of those who have been found guilty of speeding and other serious traffic offenses. The concept is based on the idea that if you have points on your license, you are not as safe of a driver as someone who does not have points. Even one point on your license can cause your car insurance rates to go up significantly. If you have between 8 and 12 points on your license, you are in serious danger of losing your driving privileges or even having them revoked entirely. If your job requires you to drive for a living, such as a truck driver who holds a CDL or a cab driver, you may also face the possibility of losing your job.
How Long Do the Points Stay on My Driving Record?
In the State of Maryland, points that have been assigned to your license stay on your driving record for two years after the date of the traffic violation. To clarify, the two-year period begins the day that you receive the ticket, not the day that the points were assigned to your license.
For every separate ticket that you receive, you receive points that are based on the day that the ticket was issued.
How Can I Avoid Points on My License in Maryland?
The most common method for avoiding points on your license is to not pay your speeding ticket but instead plead not guilty in court. When you pay your traffic ticket, you essentially agree to have points assigned to your driver’s license. You need the skill of a traffic offense attorney who knows how the court system works and will fight the ticket for you. Hiring legal representation can give you the advantage of an attorney possibly being able to negotiate with the court so that points are not attached to your license.
Can I Have My Points Expunged?
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) handles all expungements related to driver’s licenses. The policy of the MVA is that a violation will automatically be expunged from a driving record three years after the conviction occurred. Certain criteria must be met, such as not being convicted of another traffic or criminal offense in the past three years, not having your driver’s license suspended or revoked, and having never been involved in DUI, injury causing death, or fleeing the scene of an accident.
However, our skilled attorneys can guide you through the legal process of requesting a manual traffic violation expungement. We know how to navigate the complicated Maryland driving laws to help you potentially keep points off your license or assist you with a manual expungement if necessary. Contact the Law Offices of Alex Poberesky, P.A, at (410) 484-0400 and schedule a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you.